By Junex Doronio
DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite — Instead of gossiping and attending “tupadas” (illegal cockfights), the city government here has sternly warned parents that they could be slapped with stiff fines or imprisoned if they fail to look after their children who do not wear face masks, loiter and violate the curfew hours.
This developed as Mayor Jenny Austria-Barzaga said in her Facebook post that there are 308 confirmed COVID-19 cases in this city as of July 28. Of this number, 132 have recovered while only 17 died.
“Ipinatutupad na po ang Ordinance No. 38 S. 2020 o ang Protection of Minors during COVID-19 Pandemic simula pa noong Lunes, July 27, 2020,” barangay officials said.
They lamented that there are several parents who seemed to be lenient with their children notwithstanding the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus.
“Sa kautusang ito, kukunin ng barangay officials at local police ang custody ng mga menor-de-edad (18 years old pababa) na lalabag sa quarantine rules tulad ng paglabas ng bahay, hindi pagsuot ng face masks, pag-iistambay sa kalsada at di-pagsunod sa curfew time. Ang mga magulang o guardians ang papatawan ng parusa,” the barangay officials said.
It was learned that for the first offense: P2,000 or 3 months imprisonment or both, second offense: P3,000 or 4 months imprisonment or both, and for third offense: P5,000 o 6 months imprisonment or both.
Barzaga has asked her constituents to cooperate with the proper authorities and unite in the fight to defeat COVID-19.